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Gothenburg, Sweden (1996 – present)

Carbon Based Lifeforms (also known as CBL) is an music duo made up of Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad (born Ringström), both born in 1976 and based in Göteborg, Sweden. They met at the age of 15 and are still working together, almost 20 years later. CBL itself was formed in 1996, as an offshoot from other projects, but soon became their focal point, culminating in their first release on in 1998.

It is hard to categorise CBL’s music but the best description might be that of a groundbreaking mixture of , and music. The term / has also been coined.

CBL signed with the celebrated Lyon-based Ultimae Records in 2002 and have since released five full-length albums (Hydroponic Garden in 2003, World of Sleepers in 2006, Interloper in 2010, VLA and Twentythree in 2011) and an EP (Irdial in 2008). All releases have been extraordinarily well received by connoisseurs within the ambient scene.

Additionally they have actively participated in successful collaborations with several artists, including Magnus Birgersson of Solar Fields in a project to compose the music for the Swedish dancer Olof Persson’s “Fusion” performance in 1999.

Johannes often creates the building blocks of sounds and harmonies and could tweak sounds forever, whereas Daniel develops the rhythms and sculpts the ideas into tracks. It remains unclear which of them derives the greatest pleasure from manipulating the distinctive, squelching sounds of the Roland TB-303.


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  • Pylesta

    is there any similar tracks to VLA?

    12 Feb 10:30pm Reply
  • Youraei

    come back to Spotify soon! [5]

    11 Feb 11:20am Reply
  • journik850

    World of Sleepers has made a comeback for me after months of Hydroponic Garden domination. Gryning is my favorite track of the moment, but God damn it changes multiple times a year for me.

    9 Feb 6:40pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    what is your favorite track ? my most played here is Abiogenesis but it doesn't count 3 years of plays from before I reset my count, and I have a special place for Refraction 1.33

    4 Feb 2:06pm Reply
  • mats0r_

    come back to Spotify soon! [3] [2]

    31 Jan 4:32pm Reply
  • Crusheer

    new track

    29 Jan 11:35pm Reply
  • isitbeer30yet

    seems like CBL is the only thing I want to listen to on Monday morning :)

    12 Jan 2:06pm Reply
  • mynameisGYUI

    more music like this @ :)

    7 Jan 2:07pm Reply
  • faith_no_more_

    come back to Spotify soon! [3]

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Kamil_Groszek

    "Frog" not even in top 🔟? No f****n way... One of the best tunes by them... One of the best tunes at all.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • journik850

    come back to Spotify soon! [2] Can't come soon enough. I'm lost without Hydroponic Garden at night.

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • COJIww

    come back to Spotify soon!

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • What-

    MOS 6581 is the best song in the universe. [4]

    9 Dec 2014 Reply
  • COJIww

    right where it

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • faith_no_more_

    @magus-aquarius - great news. Can't wait to see this film.

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
  • magus-aquarius

    Refuge. The film is "a suspense-thriller about a family struggling to survive in the wake of a great catastrophic event... the film is about never feeling at ease, always trying to find refuge and seeking refuge" ... promotional material informs us that "Refuge will be screening at festivals this Spring through the Fall (2014) and will be coming to Europe for screenings. And beyond that it will be available theatrically and for download, but it will pass through the festival circuit first".

    16 Nov 2014 Reply
  • kutox1

    The first 4 tracks on Interloper are incredible

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • sickdex

    Help me to find the movie "Refuge". Haven't got a clue, where to find it. Is it too obvious? [2]

    10 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Dream_EA

    Cosmic music

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • tarkmeenia

    Help me to find the movie "Refuge". Haven't got a clue, where to find it. Is it too obvious?

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
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